Monday, December 21, 2015

Jan 2nd 2016 activity



Hi all,

Christmas is just around the corner, and if you find yourself looking for that last minute gift, look back at Lucy’s’ post for scouting ideas.

We are doing a rock climbing activity on Jan 2nd, at 10:00 am. The gym is located at Sanctuary rock gym, in sand city.
1855 East Avenue
Sand City, CA
Phone: (831) 899-2595

Our next scout meeting is Monday January 11th, and the big pinewood derby is the 25th.

See you all there!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hot Dog fund raiser sale



Hi all, and happy holidays.

Our scout hot dog sale at the gingerbread / holiday craft fair is Sunday December 13th from 11:00 to 5:00 pm.

We are looking for volunteers to sign up on the blog attendance sheet.

The event is located at the San Benancio Middle School.

I think we need at least two to three parent volunteers per shift with at least three boys in uniform per shift. The shifts are set up in one hour segments. Please sign up for as many shifts as you feel comfortable for working.

Remember that this is our one big fund raiser for our pack, so it is important that each boy participates in some way. Whatever shift you signup for please show up a few minutes early so you can see how the flow is working and you should be able to blend in and hit the ground running at you shift time.

Also our next meeting is set for the following Monday Dec 14th at the normal time. Please everyone try to be at this meeting it will be a fun meeting for the boys, as we will play games, and hand out badges and more.


Thanks

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Holiday gift idea and SPCA trip for Bears

Hi Pack 93 families,

Holiday time is here and  I wanted to send out a holiday gift idea list for our boys. These are not required, but hopefully you will find this list useful.

Headlamp for caves and camping

Compass

Flashlight

Beanie hat for camping (best way to keep them warm at night)

Camping spork  (fork spoon)

Camping dishes (Fozzil's solo pack is pretty cool)

Travel games (chess, checkers etc)

Small pair of binoculars

Sleeping bag (kids and womens bags are 10% warmer) If you want the bag to last them through to teenage, consider buying a womens bag. REI have a Kindercone, Oregon Outfitters and Backcountry are a little cheeper than REI.

Fishing rod (Scouting recommends "Ugly Stick", If you've never put the line on before, ask the store to do it for you, it's about five extra bucks and well worth the time and hassle) I got ours at Outdoor World.

Songs, skit and joke books, you can check out the selection at the Scout shop or amazon.

Hope this is helpful.

See the Bears at the SPCA Monday at 3:45pm

Thanks, Lucy,

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Veteran's Day Parade Wed Nov 11th and Pack meeting Nov 9th

Hi Cub Scout Families,

Please join us for the Veteran's Parade in Salinas on Wednesday November 11th. The parade leaves from Salinas High School parking lot to Main and Gabilan St. We then walk back to the High School via Salinas St. (At least that is what we have done in previous years). The parade begins at 2pm. Please arrive at 1pm and no later than 1:30pm. I have posted a link on the attendance page so we have an idea of expected attendance.

I am not sure if I can make that event, so if another parent would like to lead, please email me or call me to get additional info. If you have smaller children and have a wagon, it's a good idea to bring it so you can pull them along.

Boys need to wear full uniform (navy blue shorts or pants are fine) and cap. If you would like to see the route, please copy and paste the link below.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Chestnut+%26+South+Main,+Salinas,+CA./Central+Ave+%26+South+Main+Salinas,+CA./@36.672205,-121.655259,15z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x808df8ec3d17043f:0x217767cb844f9ae9!2m2!1d-121.656003!2d36.6676526!1m5!1m1!1s0x808df8c1735f01ef:0xb1ecbca51119da39!2m2!1d-121.6554928!2d36.6767337!3e2?hl=en

It was great to see so many of you on the hike today. Please send me pictures if you would like them posted.

Our pack meeting is tomorrow night (Monday 9th) We only have one Pack meeting this month, so please try to attend.


Thanks, Lucy.
lucychesshire@hotmail.com








Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Hike, Meeting, training, fund Raiser



Hi All,

We hope everyone had a great Halloween, and is already preparing for Thanksgiving!

Please remember that the Pinnacles hike is this Saturday Nov 7th. We are meeting at the Nob Hill parking lot in Salinas at 9:30 am, with a planned start hike by 10:30 am. If you have not yet done so, please go to the blog and select the attendance spreadsheet and sign up so we know you are coming.

Info for the hike is posted below. For directions please review the post prior to this one.

Mobile device users:
I know that some of you have had trouble in the past using your mobile devices to view and sign up on our blog. That should be fixed now.

Next Meeting:
Our next meeting is Monday Nov 9th at the regular time and place.

FREE Scout Training:
We also have an opportunity for any parent to get some scout training, the best part we will pay the cost. If you would like some FREE scout training we have a training day in south San Jose Nov 14th. Get the basic scout training or opt for the BALOO training. If any parent is interested please contact Lucy the Bear den leader. Time is short so please let her know right away.

Scout Hotdog Fund Raiser:
We are selling hotdogs the day of Dec 13th at San Benancio Middle School. We will sell the hotdogs to the parents that bring their children to the Gingerbread house build. More on this later, but please note this is a scout core requirement to complete.


Hike info:
Bring everything you need for a comfortable hike.
We recommend plenty of drinking water, food and beverages, flashlights and hiking equipment. They will need a lunch, snack, water, hats, and sunscreen.

Please be aware that the pinnacles has poison oak, stinging nettles, and rattle snakes do live in the rocks.



We will hike the Balconies cliff-cave loop trail:
2.4 miles round trip, 1 to 1-1/2 hours
Elevation: 100 feet
Easy to Moderate
This trail crosses up and over the Balconies Cave, then descends back down to the Old Pinn trail, which leads back through the cave. Scramble through the talus passages of the Balconies Cave. Wading may be necessary in the winter when precipitation creates flooding. Flashlight required in cave.




The entrance fee is $10.00 a car and kids under 12 are free

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy Halloween Scouts




November updates:


Happy Halloween everyone

Hi everyone. October was a great month for our boys, they had lots of fun, and are learning a ton about scouts.

First lets all say thanks and happy to have you aboard to Al Scott the new Tiger den leader.

Thank Al! You made a great decision.

For all the boys that helped at the Beach Clean up the patches will be here soon, in early November.

It's new T-shirt time. We are going to get new T-shirts this year, so if you did not get one last year or are new to our pack your chance is around the corner. Please note, the scout T-shirts are completely optional and you are not required to get one.

We have added two new pages to the blog. The first is all about popcorn sales. If your son is interested in popcorn sales, and contributing to the pack in a big way we are doing our sales via the web this year. To find out more visit that page. To get your son's user id and password contact the cub master Paul Gokey gokeypa@gmail.com

We also have a page dedicated to the pinewood derby. All about the rules and reg, including how the derby got it’s start. Please note the rules are not yet complete on this page, but we will have them in the completed form soon.
 
Our next big agenda in the pinnacles hike set for Nov 7th. We are meeting at the Nob Hill parking lot in Salinas at 9:30 for anyone that wishes to car pool. Please have your son wear their scout t-shirt if they have one. Please go to the sign up sheet to add your name so we know to expect you, and we do not leave before you get to the meeting place.

The Nob Hill address is:

 



Bring everything you need for a comfortable hike.
We recommend plenty of drinking water, food and beverages, flashlights and hiking equipment. They will need a lunch, snack, water, hats, and sunscreen.

Please be aware that the pinnacles has poison oak, stinging nettles, and rattle snakes do live in the rocks.



We will hike the Balconies cliff-cave loop trail:
2.4 miles round trip, 1 to 1-1/2 hours
Elevation: 100 feet
Easy to Moderate
This trail crosses up and over the Balconies Cave, then descends back down to the Old Pinn trail, which leads back through the cave. Scramble through the talus passages of the Balconies Cave. Wading may be necessary in the winter when precipitation creates flooding. Flashlight required in cave.




The entrance fee is $10.00 a car and kids under 12 are free

from the West Entrance:

Take Hwy 101 North to the town of Soledad.
Take Hwy 146 east.
Be aware that highway 146 turns into a one lane road, drive with caution. Follow Hwy 146 for 14 miles into Pinnacles National Park.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Monday meeting

Hi all,

This Monday is our scout meeting at the normal time of 6:00pm. If you saw the last post it said 7:00pm, that time is incorrect. Please plan for the meeting at the normal time of 6:00pm.

Also we are in need of some help in planning for the Salinas Veterans Day parade. We need a volunteer to assist in the preparation and organization of our part in the Parade. It will not be that much work as we have done this in years past, but we do need someone to jump in.  Whoever is interested please contact Lucy or Paul for more details.

FOUND: We found a tan scout t-shirt and a pair of black water shoes from the sandcastle build this year. If you are missing one or both of these items please contact Paul the Wolf den leader.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Next meeting and hike

Hi All our next meeting is Monday October 26th at 7 P.M.

Please note that the Pinnacles Hike is set for Nov. 7th at 9:30. More to follow about where to meet and the cost.

Thanks

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Monday Meeting Oct 12th.

Hi All,

We have a den meeting Tomorrow, Monday the 12th. The meeting starts at 6:00 pm.

We hope to see a lot of new scouts as well as our old scouts. Bring your friends we would love to have new scouts sign up. The tigers are clawing their way to the top, the wolf are having a howling good time, and the bears are barely believable in how well their are doing.

There's talk that we might even have a new WEBLOS den starting. come and join the fun. The address is posted on the main page of the blog.

We had a great time at the sandcastle build and won, best sandcastle by kids. We also did the Harvest Carnival, and our boys did great. Thanks to everyone that helped out. at both the events.

Please remember the pinnacles national park hike is just around the corner. This is one of our favorites.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Harvest Carnival Sign Up

Pack 93 is working the archery booth at the Toro Park Harvest Carnival. Come and help out and support your school. Please sign up on the attendance sheet on the blog. If you have any problems posting, email me the time slot available and I will post your sons name.

We are also helping out with the recycling, so we need more help in the 11am-12 and 3pm-4pm time slots.

Thanks, Lucy

lucychesshire@hotmail.com

Monday, October 5, 2015

Harvest Carnival Sign up Sat 10th

Hi Pack 93 Families

Our Pack is helping Toro Park School with the Harvest Carnival this Saturday October 10th. We are working the Archery booth and would like each boy to take a one hour time slot. Please put your son's name next to a time slot on the attendance sheet.

This is part of our requirement for the Bear den, so please contact me if you can't come.

Thank you for everyone who helped out at the Sandcastle competition. Together with the girl scouts and helpers we won "Best Children's Sandcastle". Well done everyone who came out, it was a fun day. If you have any great pictures, please post on the blog or send to me to post.



Thanks, Lucy.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Carmel Sandcastle competition Sunday Oct 4th

The sandcastle competition is this Sunday Oct 4th. We will meet at 13th and Scenic, which is the further end of the beach. Park anywhere you can along Scenic, the closer the better.

We will begin at 9am, early birds are welcome to start digging at 8am! The more the merrier, so come when you can. We have decided upon a Shark design.

Please bring large spades, buckets, any sand sculpting tools. Kids will get wet, so swim clothes, sunscreen, hats and shade if you have it. Bring lunch, water and snacks.

Please sign up on the attendance sheet on the blog so we know to look for you. Click attendance, then the link, then find the sandcastle tab and enter your name.

See you there!

Lucy.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Bear Den meeting Mon Sept 28th 6pm

Hi Bear Families,
This week we will continue to work on our carvings. We will finish our soap carving and begin our wood carving. Please have the boys bring their pocket knives and bars of soap from last week.

This will also be the first den meeting for our new 1st grade Tigers. The Bear Den will lead the flag ceremony again and also take an active role in welcoming the new Tigers.

Thanks, Lucy.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Carmel Sandcastle Competition

Get your shovels ready Pack 93!

We are taking part in the annual Carmel Sandcastle competition on Sunday October 4th. The theme for this year is “Postcards from the Sea”. Ask your boys for ideas for a design. It can be any sea/beach theme. Think about what the boys can build themselves. Last year we did a giant octopus. We will select a design/idea the weekend before.

We will meet at 9am, plan to stay until around 2pm if you want to wait for the judges.
We took home “judges favorite” last year, but please let the boys know, we are just going to have a great time and don’t expect to win. The competition is very good!


Bring shovels, buckets, spades, trowels used for plaster or tile and anything that could be used to create a pattern. You will also need lunch, water, swim clothes, hats and sunscreen. If you have a shade tent, please bring it.

Let’s get digging!  

Lucy.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Next meeting Sep 28th

Hello everyone.
Thanks to those that came out for beach cleanup.  It was a fun time!  Make sure we got your name so we can get your son his patch, once they come in.

Our next regular meeting is Monday Sep 28th at 6pm at the Church.

For the new families out there planning to join, if you can bring your filled out application and the $60 dues fee, the Scout shop in Salinas will give you $8 in Scout Bucks to spend in the store for things like a handbook, or uniform items.  I must turn the applications in by Sep 30th in order for you to get the credit, so please bring those forms Monday night!

thank you
ST

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Beach Clean Up

Beach cleanup is this coming Saturday at 10AM.  Only a few families have signed up so far.  Please sign up so we know who to expect.  Also let us know if you want to participate in the hot dog roasting.

ST

Friday, September 11, 2015

Beach Clean Up Day Sep.19th

Sep 19th, California Coastal Cleanup Day will be held on Saturday.

Our pack will meet at Del Monte Beach off of Tide ave, above Natale's Auto Center. It is off of Del Monte ave, and Casa Verda way, see map below. We are meeting at 10:00 am.  I do not know if anyone will have bags for us or not, so please bring a trash bag or two, and maybe some gloves for picking up the trash. Wear Scout t-shirts, or Scout shirt please. If there is enough interest we can do hot dogs, chips and we will definitely have water.

There is a sign up sheet on the Attendance Sheet section of the blog, to let us know if you are planning on coming and if you are interested in dogs.

Bring trunks for the kids to play in the ocean after. "You know they are going to end up in it anyway."


Thursday, September 10, 2015

New parent night and regular Den meetings Sep 14th

Hello everyone, and especially to those new parents that have our website and Pack info.  We will meet at the Church this coming Monday night at 6:00 pm.  This meeting will serve as an orientation for those who want to join our Pack, as well as the kickoff of our Den meetings.

Hope to see you all there.

ST

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Bear Cub first Adventure plus new meeting time!


Hi Bear Cub families,

I'm excited to begin another fun year of scouting with your boys. We have a great year planned, plus a few changes. The first Change is the new meeting time of 6pm, instead of 6:30. This will enable us to join with the other dens in our pack and practice the opening flag ceremony. Get ready boys, we will be leading this year!!!

I visited the first grade classes today and met some excited new Tigers. At our first meeting, we will be welcoming new Tiger parents who are coming to check out our pack and learn more about us, so please welcome them. Steve and I will be talking to the new parents.  Jessie has stepped up again to take our first den meeting, Thanks Jessie!

Pick up the new Bear book at the scout shop and take a look at the changes.  In the past we have worked on Achievements, those have been changed to Adventures.

This meeting we will be working on our first Adventure "Bear Claws" Please have the boys bring their pocketknives. (The Scout shop sells them, REI have a good selection also). We will be teaching knife safety, learning how to sharpen our knives and will be making our first carving. We will begin by carving a bar of soap. If you have an extra bar of soap at home please bring it, otherwise I will bring some extra and the band aids :)

Our first pack 93 outing will be beach clean-up at Del Monte Beach, on Saturday Sept 19th. I will post details soon.

See you Monday! (Sept 14th)

Lucy.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dad and Lad Campout at Pico Blanco Sep 11th-13th

Hello everyone,
We got a little behind on sending out news, but the Dad and Lad camp out is just over a week away. We have had several people attend over the past few years and it has always been a fun event.  There is a meal option available for this camp out, for and extra $20 per person.  This has also been popular. The meals are served in the very nice main lodge.

The cost for the weekend is $40 for the youth and $20 for the parent, plus the $20 each for the meal plan if desired.

Click this link for the flyer for the weekend:

http://svmbc.org/svmbc/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2015-Lad-and-Dad.pdf

Because we are behind on signing up, if anyone wants to go I suggest signing up directly with the Council office.

I have added a page to the attendance spreadsheet just so we get an idea of who is coming, and so that those who are going know who else to look for.

thank you
ST


Friday, August 28, 2015

Annual Planning meeting reminder, August 31st at 6:00 PM

Hello everyone,
Just a reminder about our planning meeting Monday night.  It is very important for as many parents to be there as possible.  We want to come up with activities for a great year.  We also need your support to help with some of the outings.  Please bring your ideas, and think about how you can help.

See you Monday.

ST


Monday, August 24, 2015

Annual planning meeting August 31st 6:00pm

I’d like to clear up the day we are planning on for the big (Parents) annual planning meeting for all our current scout parents.  We are doing it Monday evening August 31st at the church at our normal time, 6:00pm.

Please all current scout parents this is a great opportunity to add input for the up coming year, and to get some great information about what we are hoping to accomplish with the scouts. We hope to see you all there.

Please disregard the post saying that we are meeting on the 29th.

Sorry for the confusion.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Labor Day Family Camp signup deadline

Hello everyone,
Just a  reminder, please sign up by Monday Aug 24th for the Labor Day Family camp at Pico. The waterfront is supposed to still be in place, which means in addition to archery and bb guns there should be canoeing.

Thank you
ST

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Planned meeting dates for 2015 / 2016 scouting year

Hello to all our scouts both old and new to scouting this year.
I wanted to give everyone the calendar dates that we have so far for Pack 93 meetings.  In general we will meet the second and fourth Mondays at 6:00 pm.
 
We’d like to start back on August 29th with a Parent Meeting to discuss the upcoming years events.
Please note this meeting will be a planning meeting and ALL PARENTS should attend. We will take input and lay out our activities for the year.

Please note that there could be some minor date changes.

Regular meetings will be in blue:

Aug 31st, Parents meeting, 6:00pm at the church.

Sep 14, Regular meeting and new scout / parent orientation night. (Cub scout den visit)

Sep 19th, California Coastal Cleanup Day will be held on Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon at all beaches and waterways in the great state of California
Sep 28th,
Oct 12th

Oct 24th, Hike Pinnacles National Park. We will hike the cave so bring a flashlight for you and your scout.

Oct 26th
Nov 9th

Nov 11th Veterans Day Parade in Salinas

Dec 12th / 13th hotdog sale at San Benancio Middle school ( Fund Raiser)

Dec 14th
  
2016
Jan 11th

Jan 25th Pinewood derby races

Feb 8th

Feb 22nd, Blue and Gold diner
Mar 14th

Mar 26th, Lasagna diner night ( Fund Raiser)

Mar 28th
April 11th

April 25th
May 9th

May 20 - 23rd Pico Blanco Family Camp


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Labor Day camping trip Sept. 4th weekend



Hi all,

We will close off the sign-up sheet for the Labor Day September 4th weekend camping by close of business on Monday August 24th. If you are interested in camping please sign up by this date. On Tuesday following you will receive a bill via email to pay for your camping fees.

Thanks

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Family Camp September 4-7 @ Pico Blanco



Hello everyone,

There is a fall family camp at Pico Blanco.  This one typically does not draw as many campers as the big Memorial day Family Camp at Pico. However I have heard that there is interest in camping this weekend.

Because of the smaller turnout, we generally do not plan meals as a group. Families are usually left to their own as far as preparing meals.  However, depending on the size of the group interested we can consider group meals plans. We have a sign up sheet on the attendance spreadsheet if you want to go.  There is also a check box if you are interested in group meals.  

Cost for the camp is $40 per person for those 6 and over. 5 and under is no cost.  Gates open Friday night at 4pm although there is no schedule for Friday. Events begin Saturday morning.  In the past, families have arrived and departed on various days over the weekend, but the cost is still fixed.  It is not prorated.


Weekend Schedule

Saturday
10:00 AM-12:00 PM Archery and .22 Rifle Range Open
Nature Lodge open
Water front open
2:00 PM-5:00 PM Archery and BB Gun Range Open (all ages).
Nature Lodge open
Water front open
8:00 PM Evening program at Mazzuca Campfire Bowl
Sunday
10:00 AM-12:00 PM Archery and BB Gun Range Open (all ages).
Nature Lodge open
Water front open
2:00 PM-5:00 PM Archery and .22 Rifle Range Open
Nature Lodge open
Water front open
Monday- No Schedule

Hiking at Labor Day Family Camp

Labor Day is a great time to go on a hike or backpack trip at Pico Blanco. As part of the Labor Day program, hikes and backpack trips for Scouts of all ages and abilities will be offered. You’ll have the opportunity to take a dip at the Circular Pools, see the largest redwood tree in camp, and even see the sunset from the top of Mt. Pico Blanco. While onsite registration will be available for most hikes, we highly encourage that you pre-register at the link below so that we can properly staff the hikes. See you on the trail!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Rock Climbing August 15th

Hello everyone,

Friday night's stargazing has been canceled.

The Saturday morning rock climbing event is still on.  So far only two Scouts have signed up.  If you plan to attend, please sign up so we know to expect you.  Wear your Scout t-shirt.

We are going to have a planning meeting on August 31st.  The intent of this meeting is to lay out our plan for the year, as far as what activities we want to do, etc.  We really need ALL PARENTS to attend.  We will put out  more information shortly.

thank you
ST

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

UPDATE: Star Gazing as of Aug. 12th 2015

UPDATE: as of Aug. 12th 2015

Due to the low response, we will not have a group get together for this viewing. I encourage everyone to try and take the time this week or Friday night to look up into the sky with your scout and see the shower, it should be quite good. I am providing a link with all the information you might want regarding the upcoming meteor shower.

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Rock climbing August 15th 10:30 am



Hello Everyone,

We hope your summer has been fun, and you have kept the scouts in your minds.

We are doing a scout rock climbing for fun Saturday the 15th of August. From 10:30 to 1:30, at the Sanctuary Rock gym.

The address is 1855 East Avenue Sand City, CA 93955 (831) 899-2595
The web address is http://rockgym.com/

The cost is $18.00 per (Climber) child and $4.00 for the (belay) parent.
The cost includes all the gear for the climber and the belay.

This should be a fun event to get the kids back into the scouting mode.
There is a sign up sheet under the attendance spreadsheet page. If you plan to go, please sign up so we know how many kids to expect.

August 14th Star Gazing



UPDATE: as of Aug. 11th 2015

Due to the low response, we will not have a group get together for this viewing. I encourage everyone to try and take the time this week or Friday night to look up into the sky with your scout and see the shower, it should be quite good. I am providing a link with all the information you might want regarding the upcoming meteor shower.

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy/meteor-shower/perseid.html


We are hoping to do a Friday night star gazing for the Perseid meteor shower on August 14th. The place and time we are setting up soon, so please sign up if you plan on going so we can make sure we have the best place to meet. The 14th should be the best night to see it.

 

Also, please note, we are NOT camping the weekend of August 14th.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Pt Lobos Hike THIS Saturday July 18th at 10:00

Hello everyone,
Just a reminder we are meeting this Saturday, July 18th, at 10:00.  Plan on meeting at the main entrance to Pt Lobos.  You can park your car on the highway and walk in. 

Wear you Pack t-shirts!  If you don't have one, let us know and we can order you one.

For any prospective Cubs reading this post, you are welcome also. 

To get a good idea of who is attending, I have added a sign up sheet to the blog.  Please add your name so we know who to look for Saturday morning.  Just as a reminder and for anyone new, from the main Pack webpage, click on the Attendance Spread Sheet then click on the link.  An excel spreadsheet will open.  Enter your name there.

See you then.
ST

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pack summer activities

Hello everyone,
We will resume our normal meetings on Sep 28th.  In the meanwhile, here are some activities we are planning for the next few months.

Pt Lobos Hike Saturday; July 18th
We are going to hike Pt Lobos again.  Meet at 10:00.  Exact meeting place and details coming soon.  This is one of the 8 hikes that make up the Monterey Bay Trekkers patch.

Overnight Campout; August 14th
Plan for a short overnight campout and stargazing experience.  We are still working on the location of the campsite and meeting times. 

Fall Family Campout at Pico Blanco; Sep 4th- 7th Labor Day weekend
This event is like the Memorial Day Weekend Family camp.  Typically not as many families choose to attend this campout, so planning and cooking is done on an individual basis.  More info is at this link

http://camppicoblanco.org/pico/downloads/2015-labor-day-scouters-retreat-site-reservation-form/

If anyone is interested in going and being the lead organizer for the Pack, please let us know.

Dad and Lad Campout at Pico Blanco; Sep 11th - 13th
This is a popular event that we have participated in the past few years.  More info is at this link.  See page 2.

http://svmbc.org/svmbc/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Mom-and-Me-and-Lad-and-Dad-2015.pdf

For this event the main lodge is open and a meal plan is available for an extra charge.  Most have done this as well, and it has worked out nicely.

If anyone wants to go to this event, please let us know as well.

Pack Activity; Saturday Sep 19th
We are planning an event, but have not worked out the details yet. 

Hope to see you all at Pt Lobos on July 18th!

Spread the word to anyone who may be interested.  We are always happy to have new boys join.

See you soon.
ST



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Toro Day Camp June 22-26, and Family Camp Wrap up

Hello everyone,

Thanks to everyone for another great Cub Scout year!

The Pack tends to slow down a bit over the summer.  We will not have monthly meetings, but will plan an activity each month.  Look for details on those soon.  Regular Monday meetings will start again in September.

For June, the main event is the Cub Scout Day Camp at Toro Park.  This has been very popular with the boys each year.  The camp is June 22nd-26th.  If you want your son to attend, please sign up right away.  In the past there has been a deadline, and we are trying to find out what it is for this year.

For info on the Day camp, you can sign up by going in to the Scout Office on North Main Street, or online.

To print out a hard copy of the registration click  on this link.  Fill it out and bring it to the Scout Office.  Note, the Toro Camp is listed on the form as Santa Lucia North.

http://svmbc.org/svmbc/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-Registration-Form-for-Cub-Scout-Summer-Camps.pdf

To register online, go here:

http://svmbc.org/svmbc/cub-scout-day-camp-registration/

Click on the "Online Registration" link.

Please note you will need to fill out the Medical History form and the firearms form (for BB guns). 

http://svmbc.org/svmbc/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014_AB_Medical.pdf


http://svmbc.org/svmbc/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Firearms_Permisssion_Form_2013.pdf

Parent involvement is needed for day camp.  We will need to provide one parent per four boys that sign up. 

We have added a page for day camp to the Attendance Spreadsheet.  If your son is going, please add his name on the right side of the page so we know who is attending.

If you can help, please put your name in the time slots on the left side of the page.  If you want to do more than two slots, or if you want to be there all day, you are welcome to do so.

Finally, we had a great time at Family Camp!!  We are always looking for feedback on how to make things better, so if you have any comments please email them to us. 

Thanks very much!

ST




Thursday, May 21, 2015

Pico update


  • Just got notice last night that we do in fact have campsite 11 (and 10 if we want it).  The only other guests on our side of the river are 5 folks from Carmel Valley in campsite 12.  115 folks staying on the other side of camp.  Pack 93 is 1/3 of Pico this year! :) 
  • Still need folks to bring two more full size propane tanks.  Please email your den leader if you can bring one.  
  • Forecast is overcast and 50-60 degrees with a 10% chance of rain all weekend.  50% chance Friday morning, so the ground may be moist.  Definitely bring a tarp for under your tent, a mattress to keep you off the ground, and warm/layered/rain clothes.
  • If you are bringing guests with you, please make sure they have all of this information.
  • Don't forget to print out your medical forms and firearms permission forms.  URLs are in the previous post.
  • See you all Friday or Saturday!


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pico Instructions

Hi all-
Sorry, thought this went out earlier.  We were making some changes to the menu (may still make some improvements) and forgot to publish.  Hopefully it's not too late for you all to pick up last minute items if you need to.
I visited the camp on Sunday, everything looks great.  Plenty of firewood, and the river is about the same level it was last year.  Low, but still plenty deep to play in (although ooh is it cold!).  I haven't yet heard whether we got camp 11 or not, so watch for signs marked for Pack 93 on the road in.
At this point, the forecast says rain Friday morning, and then slight chance all weekend.  Bring rain gear and cross your fingers.
Looking forward to seeing everyone this weekend!
Bryan


Pico Blanco Information

To get to Pico Blanco, drive south on Hwy 1.  Just past the turnoff for the Rocky Point Restaurant, make a left turn onto Palo Colorado Rd.  At the end of Palo Colorado (40 minutes in or so), you'll come to a campground named Botchers Gap.  (Check out the rare views into the Ventana wilderness backcountry!)  On your right is a green gate and a dirt road leading down the hill.  Open the gate and drive down the hill 3.5 mi to Pico Blanco.  (If you're arriving in daylight, notice the big white mountain visible from the dirt road.  Any guesses on what it's called?)  Expect around 1.5 hours total drive time from the Salinas area.

We will most likely be staying at camp 11.  In years past, we've had that whole side of the camp to ourselves.  The main area (camps 1-3) is easier for cars to access, but packed like sardines.  As you come into camp, don't take any of the right hand turns into camping areas.  Drive straight and you will eventually cross the river.  The first crossing is easy and has concrete on the bottom.  If you are arriving at night, just go straight, the concrete does drop off on the sides.  After the first river crossing is a parking lot on your left and then a second crossing.  Depth isn't the problem on the second crossing, it's just rocky, so go slow.  After you cross, you'll start seeing signs we place for Pack 93.  Follow those signs to camp.  Turn around and park with your car facing back up the road (it's a readiness thing in case of emergency)

In the past, we have told folks not to make the second crossing if they have a low clearance vehicle.  In 2014, someone crossed it in a two door Honda Civic without scraping, so it's not as much of a concern as we thought, especially with such low water.  Minivans shouldn't have a problem.  If you are really nervous about the crossing, park your car in the lot after the first crossing, walk across the footbridge, and follow the signs to our camp.  It's a ten minute walk, so bring a flashlight if arriving at night.  You can shave some time off of your walk if you stay to the right (walk through camp 9 - see the map)  One of us will drive back and ferry your stuff across.

Map:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/z67sxe8le54cd73/Pico%20Map.PNG

What to expect:
Lots of room for tents.  Nice bathrooms with heated showers and good sinks with soap.  No electricity or cell coverage.  There is a phone in the lodge for emergencies: (831) 625-4202.  Ample firewood available, but we usually have to split it.  Nights are cool, dress appropriately.  There is poison oak near the cliff and near the river.  Easily avoidable, just make sure everyone in your family knows what it looks like.  The main activities are playing in the river and hanging out by the fire.  This is not a strongly structured weekend, everyone is welcome to pursue their own interests.

Archery is available, as is shooting BB guns and (if 11 years old) shooting 22 rifles.  Pico is staffed by experienced rangemasters that strongly emphasize safety.  Some kids flock to the range, others could care less, so if you prefer that your child not participate, there is still plenty for him/her to do.

Saturday night will be a get together around the campfire bowl.  The boys are encouraged to do skits, and 93 has stolen the show in years past thanks to Doug Toby.  I'm sure this year will be no exception.  On Sunday, people usually head out, so the lines for archery and BB guns are much lower.  I'll try (again) to lead a hike on Sunday to some waterfalls if anyone wants to go.  All activities are finished by Sunday at 5.

Skinners ridge, the trekker patch hike at Pico, starts just past our campsite, so it might be fun to hike up there late Friday night.  We did it last year, and even got to see some shooting stars.

What to bring:
(last year was the first time some of our folks have been camping. I'm assuming the same for this year, so I'm going to be overly detailed here just in case)
-Filled out medical consent form.  http://svmbc.org/svmbc/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014_AB_Medical.pdf
-Tent (note: a 4 person tent really fits about 2.5 people.  Go bigger if you can.  Borrow or WalMart)
-Tarp for the ground under the tent (recommended, esp if it rains)
-Inflatable mattress, especially for the grownups, is highly recommended from personal experience.  Target/WalMart works.  I have a car powered inflator you can borrow if need be, or you can get one cheap.  The mattress is for comfort, but more importantly to keep you from losing heat into the ground.  In the past, some parents were uncomfortably cold at night because they didn't bring a mattress.
-Sleeping bags, pillows
-Flashlight, esp if you're arriving at night and need to set up a tent in the dark (tip: pack so you can find it easily)
-"Camp stuff" if you have it (lanterns, etc)  You could bring your stove, but it probably won't be used.  We'll have a Coleman stove for hot water + 2 big propane grills.
-Camp chairs if you have them (they get a LOT of use)
-Bug spray, sunblock, hat
-Warm clothes for night and mornings (tip: bring a comfortable warm cap)
-Rain clothes just in case (Bryan got caught out in the rain with no rain clothes on his first Pico trip.  Be Prepared!)
-Bathing suit
-Sandals/Water shoes for midnight bathroom runs and playing in the river
-Sturdy shoes for hiking and walking around camp
-Cub scout uniform or class B (optional) for Sat nite
-Towels for shower
-Reusable cups/mugs/water bottles (there is a spigot nearby with potable water that we use for drinking and dishes.)  Something with handles that could take coffee/hot chocolate would be great.
-Reusable silverware
-Resuable plates.  We will have some disposable just in case, but let's try to reduce our footprint.
-Snacks for your group
-1 roll paper towels
-Drinking water if you don't want to drink from the tap (water is tested safe to drink)
-Musical instrument (some of us bring guitars and play at night, please join us)
-Filled out Firearms permission form (only if you want to allow your kids to shoot BB guns on the range) http://svmbc.org/svmbc/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Firearms_Permisssion_Form_2013.pdf
-Pocket knives for the kids:  We bring bars of soap that the boys can practice whittling safely with their own foldable knives.  According to the Boy Scout guidelines, Wolves are eligible to use a pocketknife.  That means all of our former Tigers as well.  Once they 'pass' with soap, they can whittle sticks near camp.  I know, kids with knives and sharp sticks. :) If you don't think your son can handle the responsibility (and that you can keep an eye on them and reprimand if they aren't being safe), don't bring.  I have some bars from last year I'm bringing, but not enough for all, so bring your own bar if you have one.  Note: don't just let the kids go wild with the soap.  We will instruct, and also give them a good space to do it.  Every year the soap chips make a mess, we need to figure out a spot to designate for that this year.
-There is no alcohol allowed at Pico

Menu:
Friday Dinner: Hotdogs/Hamburgers over fire, Greek Salad, S'mores
Saturday Breakfast: Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon, Fruit, Coffee, Milk
Saturday Lunch: TBD
Saturday Dinner: Make-your-own foil meat/veggie packets (new this year), spaghetti with extra hot dogs in red sauce, salad, Garlic bread over fire, S'mores
Sunday Breakfast: French toast, Eggs, Bacon, Coffee, OJ
Sunday Lunch: TBD
Sunday Dinner onward: BYO + any leftovers

Here is a rough draft of the meal assignments.  My apologies if I assigned someone KP duties both this year and last year, I'm happy to swap families around as needed.

Fri Dinner: Banks

Sat Bfast Prep: Toby / Williams
Sat Bfast Cleanup: Tackett
Sat Lunch: Lloyd
Sat Dinner Prep: Barley / Weidemann / Foley
Sat Dinner Cleanup: Malley

Sun Bfast Prep: Riddell / Black
Sun Bfast Cleanup: Cain / Alexander
Sun Lunch: Gokey


Additional Needs
Two full size propane tanks (email your den leader if you can bring one)
Tablecloths for picnic table
S'mores sticks (we have lots, so don't buy, but bring if you have) (mark as yours somehow.  Be creative.)
Extra Cooler full of ice (block ice lasts longer) (email your den leader if you can bring)
Sugar and creamer for Coffee


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Last Call for Pico Camp out

Hello everyone,
If you still want to join us for Family Camp at Pico Blanco, it is not too late!  But we do need to know right away.  If you want to go and haven't signed up yet, please email me directly to let me know.

Thanks!
ST

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Pico Pico Pico!!

Hello everyone,
We are heading into the home stretch of the Cub Scout year, and our focus is shifting to family camp at Pico.  Looks like we will have a great turn out!  Our reservation has already been sent and we have paid the council the required fees, so now it is time for us to collect the fees from all of the families.

Cost is $45 per person, for those age 6 and older.  This includes all of the activities for the whole weekend, and the food.  The Pack will buy all food for all the meals for the weekend. 

Over the next couple days, you will see invoices from our Square account. You can pay via credit card if you like.  Or if you prefer you can bring cash or check to our meeting Monday night.  If you bring cash or check, the Pack will save a few dollars on fees.

It is not too late to sign up.  If anyone would still like to go, since we have passed the early signup deadline, the fee goes up $5 per person to $50.  Sign up if you have not already and still want to go.

We will send out more info shortly on things to bring.  Briefly, you will need your own camping gear: tent, sleeping bags, blankets.  Cooking equipment is not needed.  The Pack has all of the cooking gear.  If you have your own plates, cups and utensils, please bring those.  We will send out more details soon.

We will also assign families to each meal for prep, and then for clean up after.  The schedule will be made in advance and posted in case anyone has any comments.

Thank you, and we will see you Monday night.
ST

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Advancement Ceremony and next meeting, Monday May 11th

Hello everyone,
Our next meeting will be Monday night May 11th at the Church at 6:30.  Note that this is the time for everyone, including the Tigers.

At the meeting we will have a ceremony to recognize the advancement of the Tigers and Wolves.  This will be a special ceremony so please be sure to attend.

This will also be our last regular meeting of the school year.  Our final event will be the Family Camp at Pico.  If you haven't signed up for that yet, please do. 

See you Monday.
ST

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pt Lobos Hike Saturday May 2nd 10:00 AM

Hello everyone,
We are hiking Pt Lobos this Saturday at 10:00.  Exact meeting place will be forthcoming.  If you plan to attend, please sign up on the blog.

thank you
ST

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Family Camp Family Camp Family Camp!

Hello everyone,
Our next meeting is this coming Monday night at the church.

Family Camp at Pico is coming up soon.  So far only five families have signed up.  I am sure there are many more out there that want to go.  Please sign up by this coming Monday night, the night of our next meeting, so that we can begin planning.

This event is always the highlight of the year so please sign up.  If there are any questions, let us know.

thank you
ST

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wolf Den final achievements and Summer Day Camp

Hi Wolf Den Families,
We have two meetings left before we break for the summer. I would like to award the boys their Wolf patch and advance them into the Bear den at the last meeting on May 11th. Please plan to attend this meeting.

On Monday April 27th, we will be working on Achievements 11 and 12 "Duty to God" and "Making Choices". Please discuss with your child your family's religion or spiritual beliefs, so they can share with the other boys.

Also, I sent an email out with any missing requirements for each child. Please check if you have completed them and let me know.

Finally, anyone who would like their child to attend "Summer day camp" at Toro Regional Park June 22-26th, please let me know. I am setting up a parent schedule so we can share the childcare. If interested, email me or speak to me at the next meeting. I can only ensure we are grouped together, if I know who is attending. Thanks.

See you Monday!

Lucy.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pinnacles Hike CANCELLED and Pico Blanco Family camp info

All,
The weather forecast for the Pinnacles calls for mid 80's.  So we are going to cancel our hike for Saturday and reschedule to a cooler time of the year.

Family Camp:

We have also added a page for the Family Camp over the Memorial Day Weekend at Boy Scout camp Pico Blanco. This family camp has always been one of the most popular events.  While it is still a month away, we need to commit soon in order to reserve our camp site.

If you want to go, please sign up asap.

The camp opens up Friday evening, and we can stay til Monday.  Families can come and go when they need to, though.  Many come Friday night, but several don't come til Saturday morning.  Most end up leaving Sunday afternoon, but several stay until Monday.

Cost is $45 per person, and includes food.  Kids under 5 are free,

In the past we have handled meals as a group.  The Pack purchases the main items for all meals and then we ask families to bring some of the side items needed.  We assign one or two families the responsibility of food prep and clean up, for each meal.

Participating in the group meal plan is not required.  If you would rather take care of your own meals and prep, just let us know.

thank you
ST

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pinnacles Hike signup

Hello everyone,
Just we so know who plans to come to our hike this Saturday at the Pinnacles, I have added a signup page on the attendance roster.  Please add your name.

To coordinate our trip, please everyone plan to meet at Nob Hill at 9:00AM.

It will take an hour to get there, and probably 1-2 hours for the hike, so be sure to bring lots of water and food, perhaps even your lunch.

Thanks
ST

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pinnacles Hike Saturday April 18th

Hello everyone,

We are planning a hike to the Pinnacles this coming Saturday.  Plan to meet at the West entrance to the park at 10:00 AM.  For those who want to car pool or caravan to the park, we plan to meet at the Nob Hill parking lot on South Main street in Salinas at 9:00 AM.

We will post a link with directions soon.

Please wear your Cub Scout Class B uniforms (i.e. the t-shirts).

We are starting to gear up for our big end of year event, the Family Camp at Pico Blanco.  We will put out more information and a sign up sheet in the next day or so.

See you soon,
ST

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Next Meeting Monday April 13th

Hello everyone,
Our next regular meeting is this coming Monday April 13th at the Church.
See you all there.

ST

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Brunch Sunday morning after USS Hornet

After we leave the Hornet on Sunday morning, the Banks family is going to go to a Thai Buddhist temple in Berkeley for brunch.  We've been there twice, and I'd highly recommend it if you don't have other plans.  Bring cash, and plan on spending $10-12 or more per person.  Picky eaters may not have the best time, but our kids have managed pretty well with Pad Thai and some of their desserts.  It gets very crowded, but the food is good, as is the cultural experience.  It is a real working temple, so if you take off your shoes and go upstairs, sometimes they have monks chanting on a microphone while members hand them gifts of food.  Just seeing the huge gold Buddha is worthwhile.

1911 Russell St, Berkeley, CA 94703  10am-1pm
http://www.yelp.com/biz/wat-mongkolratanaram-berkeley
http://workitberk.blogspot.com/2013/01/eat-in-berkeley-thai-temple-brunch.html

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

USS Hornet

The big overnight adventure on the USS Hornet is this coming Saturday!  If there are any questions let us know.

Here are some key items from the Hornet website:

http://www.uss-hornet.org/

Arrival Time
"Please make arrangements for your group to meet on the pier at the same time."
Our pack will be meeting on the dock at 4:00-4:30. We need our whole group to be present for entry at 5:00.

Sleeping Areas and other Facilities
Each group is assigned bunks in the ship’s berthing compartments. You will probably share the compartment with another group. Female guests may choose to sleep in a separate compartment. Please make your group aware they may experience normal ship noises, such as creaks and groans during the night.

Equipment to Bring
The berthing compartments are equipped with canvas covered “racks” with foam mattresses. Each person should bring a pillow, sleeping bag, and extra blanket in cold weather, toiletries, hand towel, flashlight, a jacket, and a warm hat in cold weather. Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

Please do not bring
Electronic devices, including hairdryers; laser pointers; knives; open flame devices, including lighters and matches; or food items.

Lockers
A limited number of lockers are available to share in the berthing compartments. Each group can bring several locks to secure their valuables and personal belongings. The Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation is NOT responsible for loss of personal items.

Check-In
Overnight gear is not allowed on the ship before 5:00pm and private vehicles are not allowed on the pier. Parking is available across the street and participants are expected to carry sleeping bags and other gear on board at the appointed time. The Live-Aboard Program is conducted in a fun-spirited, organized manner; falling in, stowing your gear, and following orders are all part of this unique and memorable experience.

Group ID
Wristbands will be issued upon arrival and must be worn at all times while on board the USS Hornet. The wristband gives you in-out privileges during museum hours on the second day.

Safety Drill
All participants must participate in an emergency evacuation drill. (MANDATORY)

Directions:
From San Jose and I-880 Northbound: Proceed toward downtown Oakland and take the Broadway exit. At the end of the ramp, follow the signs to Alameda, turning right on Broadway and then immediately turning right on 7th Street. Go two blocks to Webster Street and turn right again, entering the Webster Tube (tunnel) to Alameda. (Alternate: Turn left on Broadway and left again to enter Tube under the freeway overpass.)

Alameda from the Webster Street Tube: After emerging from the Tube, follow the sign for Webster Street. At the corner of Webster and Atlantic, turn right onto Ralph Appezzatto Memorial Pkwy and drive approximately one mile. Turn left onto Main Street and then turn right onto W Pacific Ave to enter the former naval air station. At the intersection of Skyhawk St, turn left and drive to the end of the street. Turn right onto W Hornet Ave and proceed towards the cluster of large ships. Parking is located across the street from the pier. (See Detour instructions in the event of Tube closure.)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Monterey Plaza Saturday March 21st at 10:00 AM

Hello everyone,
We will be visiting the Monterey Custom House Plaza Saturday morning.  Meet at 10:00 at the fountain in the middle of the plaza.  There is an organized tour which begins at 10:30.  Cost is $5 per person.  The pack will pay the fee for the Scouts that attend.  Adults and siblings will need to pay themselves.


Signup for the Oakland A's Scout day if you are interested.  Our deadline is at the meeting Monday night.  Bring money with you then.

Next meeting is Monday night March 23rd.

See you Saturday!
ST

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Monterey Plaza visit and Scout Day at the Oakland A's, and next meeting

Hello everyone,
Our next event is this Saturday, March 21st. We will tour the Monterey Custom house plaza area.  Time to meet will be 10:00 at the fountain in the middle of the plaza.  We are checking on a guided tour, so our time may be modified slightly.  More to follow soon.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=954

Wear your Pack t-shirt.

Our next meeting is this coming Monday night March 23rd.

The Oakland A's have a Scout day April 26th, Sunday.  This is a fun event where we are part of a Scout parade that gets to walk around the Warning Track before the game.  Cost for tickets is $36 per person.  Jesse Gallardo is going to buy tickets for us as a group.  If you want to go, please sign up no the Attendance sheet, and be sure to bring your money to the meeting Monday night. 

Info on the event is here:
http://oakland.athletics.mlb.com/oak/schedule/group_events.jsp?content=scout 


See you all soon.
ST

Friday, March 13, 2015

Square Account for finances

Hello everyone,
We have created a "Square" account to make things a little bit easier for financial transactions, including when we need to collect funds from families for various activities.  We are going to try it out for the USS Hornet, as one option.  If you are going expect an invoice from us via Square for the amount you owe.  If there are any questions let us know.

ST

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

USS Hornet overnight April 11th-12th

We are making final reservations for the USS Hornet overnight.  Please sign up on the blog NO LATER THAN THIS FRIDAY, March 13th, if you want to attend.  We will use the list of those that are signed up at that point as our final roster.

Cost is $70 per person for the family members.  The Pack will subsidize the Scouts that go for $20 each, so cost for the Scout will be $50.  We will announce arrangements for payment soon.

The below link has a lot of information. 

http://www.uss-hornet.org/groups/overnightscouts/#info

We should plan to meet at the pier by 4:30 pm.  Boarding begins at 5:00 pm.  There is an initial safety briefing, then we stow our gear in our berthing areas, and dinner follows shortly after. 

There is a separate, optional cost, for anyone that would like to order dog tags for the trip.  They range from $6.40 to $10.90 based on or two dog tags.

If you have any questions please let us know right away.  If you are not sure how to enter your name on the blog, also let us know right away.

thank you
ST

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fire station visit postponed and Friends of Scouting presentation

Hello everyone,
We need to postpone our fire station visit due to conflicts the fire station is having with some inspections they are preparing for.  We will reschedule later.

For those of you who are interested in helping with the playground equipment installation at Washington Union school, this is taking place Saturday beginning at 9AM.  Lots of helping hands are needed.


Our next meeting is Monday night.  At that meeting, Renee Forrest, our district executive, is coming to talk to the parents about the Friends of Scouting fundraising campaign.  This is an effort where our Council raises funds to support Scouting programs.  I have pasted a letter below with more information.  During the meeting, Renee will be asking the parents to contribute whatever they can.  Please read below.

_________________________________________________
Dear Parent:

I want to let you know that there will be a “Friends of Scouting” (“FOS”) presentation at our upcoming Pack Meeting.  The date for this is March 9th, 2015.

As you perhaps know, the FOS program is the yearly giving campaign organized by the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  The purpose of this campaign is to generate donations from all Scout families which are then used to offer development programs, maintain our camp properties, and provide the necessary support that goes into running an effective Scouting organization which ultimately benefits all Scouts in our local council.

At the presentation you will be provided a more detailed description of the FOS program.  At its conclusion, you will be given the opportunity to indicate your support for Scouting programs in our community.  I therefore ask that you take the time now to think about how your son benefits from our local Scouting programs and the level of commitment you would like to make towards Friends of Scouting as a result.  By thinking about this now, you will then be able to show that commitment when the presentation is given.

You can also obtain more information by visiting the council’s website at www.svmbc.org/svmbc/support-scouting/friends-of-scouting.  I soft copy of the 2015 Friends of Scouting brochure can be found at the website.   

Thank you for your help and support.

Sincerely,

 

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Firestation visit and next meeting

Hello everyone,
We have been planning a visit to the Toro fire station this Saturday March 7th.  At the moment we are having some scheduling issues, so we are not sure if we will be able to do this event.  Please check the blog for more info.  We will make a post no later than Friday night with a final decision.

Our next meeting is Monday March 9th.

Additional events coming up:

March 21st - 10:00 - tour Monterey Custom house plaza
March 23rd - Den/Pack meeting

April 11th USS Hornet overnight (more info to follow soon)
April 13th - Den/Pack meeting
April 18th - Pinnacles Hike
April 26th - Scout Day at Oakland A's (more info to follow soon)
April 27th - Den/Pack meeting

May 2nd - Pt Lobos hike
May 11th - Den/Pack meeting
May 22nd - May 25th - Family Camp at Pico Blanco (more info to follow soon)

We realize this is a pretty busy schedule.
As always, feel free to come to those events that you can. 

ST

Friday, February 27, 2015

Garland Hike Sat 28th 10am

Hi Everyone,

Rain or shine! Garland Ranch hike Sat Feb 28th 10am. Please bring water, snack and a jacket, it might rain. I think it's about a three mile loop. We are planning to pick up trash as we go, so bring a small trash bag and some gloves if you have them.

Thanks to everyone for helping with the Blue and Gold Dinner. A special thanks to cub scouts Jackson, Dylan L, Bryce and Matthew for helping set up. They can check off the party elective in their cub scout books.

See you in the parking lot at 10am!
Lucy.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Monday night Blue and Gold

Thanks to everyone for signing up.  Looks like we will have a nice crowd!

For planning purposed, bring enough of your dish for 10-12 people. 

Remember the start time is 5:30.

If anyone can come a bit early to help set up, please do.  We will need to get the tables out and set up the chairs.

For drinks, we are planning on having water and milk available.  If anyone wants something else, please bring it for yourself.

See you Monday night.

Steve

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sign up Sign up Sign up!!

Looks like several families have signed up for the blue and gold dinner, but not everyone.  If you are planning on attending, please sign up by the end of Wednesday.  This will allow us to assess who all is coming and what all we need.

If you know you will not be able to attend, please let me know.
thank you
ST

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Blue and Gold dinner theme and upcoming events

A few folks suggested we go with a theme for the food to make things easier, so we are going with Italian food, i.e. pasta, etc.

We have added a column to the spreadsheet for you to list which specific item you are bringing so that we avoid duplication.  Please update the list.

Also, the calendar page has been updated.  We have a few events scheduled in addition to our normal meetings.

Feb 28th hike at Garland Ranch in Carmel Valley meeting at 10:00
March 7th Toro fire station visit at 10:00
March 21st tour Monterey Custom House plaza area, at 10:00

USS Hornet overnight April 11/12.

thank you
ST

Friday, February 13, 2015

Blue and Gold Dinner Feb 23rd 2015 at 5:30pm

Hello everyone,

February is the anniversary of Scouting in the USA.  To celebrate, we do a banquet called the Blue and Gold Dinner. This year we will be having our dinner on Monday February 23rd at the Church.  During the night we will have a program, which will involve skits the kids do, as well as handing out many awards that they have earned over the past few months.  It is a great night of recognition for the boys. 

Because we will be having dinner, we will start at 5:30.  This year we are going to do a potluck.  We will need main courses, side dishes/salads, desserts.  This is a family event, so the whole family is invited.  We do need to get an accurate count of who will be coming.  I have added a page under our Attendance spreadsheet tab on the blog.  Please go there and enter your family name and how many people total will be coming.  If you can sign up right away that would be great since the 23rd is not too far away. 

Families whose last names are A through F please sign up to bring a main course.
Families whose last names are G through P please bring a side dish/salad
Families whose last names are S and on, please bring a dessert.

For planning purposes last year we had nearly 70 people attending.

Based on actual signups we may need to adjust what everyone brings.

We will put out more information in the next few days.

thank you
Steve Tackett